Null TX’s Four Tips to Protect Oneself from Cryptojacking
Cryptojacking is an activity in which a third player uses a consumer’s device to mine cryptocurrencies without their knowledge. This typically occurs when a user unknowingly downloads an application, which in most cases, has some crypto-mining malware integrated. Jackers who put victims in such a position leave with all the benefits, leaving victims with problems like compromising personal data, security and privacy.
To ensure that said victims never have to face another cryptojacking, Null TX shared what the news outlet believes are four ideal ways to protect oneself. The following breakdown are simple changes that can be made to increase one’s guard:
Being Watchful Of The Browser Used
The argument made here is that most browsers do not naturally block cryptojacking malware, which makes jackers more prone to attacking. Changing from browser to browser is ideal and Null TX noted that the use of the Opera browser is one’s safest bet, as it has a cryptojacking blocker integrated already.
Others that one should watch out for include Google Chrome and Edge, both of which have yet to consider its negative implications.
Assessing The Validity Of Applications
An interesting point that many users of technology fail to realize is the number of “unofficial apps” that exist. This should be considered the moment one plans to purchase a mobile device, as jail-broken devices have been deemed “prone to cryptojacking” than those that are not.
Similarly, failing to see whether applications are official or not also puts one at a higher risk of becoming a victim of cryptojacking.
Mobile device and computer updates are rarely taken seriously, as they tend to be time consuming, and at times difficult to get used to. Importance should be given to updates, as they typically include some additional protection that could potentially detect the presence of malwares. According to Null TX, cryptojacking is normally done on outdated devices, as said devices are more susceptible to attacks.
The number one area that Null TX believes needs the most attention is in one’s router, as it is represents a jacker’s entry point. According to the claims made, at least 300,000 routers have some cryptojacking malware attached – noting that the current brand at risk is MicroTik, with equal likelihood spread across all brands.
Are these areas sufficient to consider when it comes to cryptojacking? What other factors can help consumers protect themselves from the presence of malware attacks? Let us know in the comments below!